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Spokane sales tax will fund affordable housing after measure passes council

The Spokane City Council unanimously adopted legislation on Monday that will redirect a portion of the state’s sales tax revenue into local affordable housing projects.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Tenants call for action, landlords ask for patience

The Spokane City Council shelved a set of proposed tenant protection laws until March last week, but tenants are pledging to continue the fight for new regulations.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

As landlords fight back, council delays vote on tenant protections

Amid outcry from landlords, the council balked Monday on new laws that would force landlords to pay for tenant relocation when they substantially increase the rent and cite a specific …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Spokane landlords would need ‘specific cause’ to evict renters under City Council proposal

Would a new slate of tenant protections help, or hurt, the city’s efforts to address this side effect of a successful housing market? The Spokane City Council will try to …


U.S. home prices rose 2.1% from a year ago

U.S. home prices increased modestly in September from a year ago, as roughly seven years of rising home values have hurt affordability.


Sue Lani Madsen: How to make housing unaffordable

Now that the election is over, a Tenants Bill of Rights ordinance is moving forward. Rapidly. What is on the table works against keeping housing affordable or increasing the supply.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

U.S. home sales rose 1.9% last month, lifted by lower rates

Americans took advantage of lower mortgage rates and purchased more homes in October, though sales were held back by a shortage of available properties.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Apple commits $2.5B to combat California housing crisis

Apple has committed $2.5 billion to ease California’s housing crisis, eclipsing similar pledges by fellow Silicon Valley giants Google and Facebook to address a lack of affordable housing in a …


New construction values exceed $1 billion in Spokane County for 2019

New-construction permit values in Spokane County totaled more than $1 billion over the past year, marking the first time that dollar amount was exceeded since 2008.


100 years ago in Spokane: People line up for days to buy lots as city suffers housing crunch

Housing was so short in Spokane that people were lined up days ahead of time for a chance to buy one of 165 lots offered for sale in the Audubon …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: With soldiers back from World War I, city experiences shortage of housing – and jazz musicians

Spokane was experiencing an upsurge in demand for professional musicians, especially those who could play jazz.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Sellers continue to have advantage in Spokane housing market

The Spokane County real estate market was bustling with activity in August, but not enough to drive up home sales, as persistently high demand and low inventory continued to be …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

‘The lack of affordable housing is actually costing us’: Cantwell promotes affordable housing bill in Spokane

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell came to Spokane on Tuesday to champion federal legislation that, if passed, aims to spur the development of 9,700 new units of affordable housing in Washington …


Shawn Vestal: Where should we look for housing solutions? Not here, not here, not here

Everyone agrees we need affordable housing and services for the poor. Everyone has, they assure everyone else, a heart for the suffering among us. And everyone concludes, over and over …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Spokane City Council expands tax incentive zone for housing developers

The Spokane City Council voted 5-1 to expand the multifamily tax exemption zone, which council president Ben Stuckart calls the city’s best tool to promote development.


New rules can deny green cards for immigrants on food stamps

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is moving ahead with one of its most aggressive steps to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, …


City of Spokane considers $106,000 investment to help build 6-story apartment building downtown

The project would replace a small drive-through bank building at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Browne Street with a six-story building. The cash that would come from the city …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

U.S. new-home sales increase 7% in June after 2 months of decline

U.S. new home sales rose at a modest pace in June but remained below sales levels earlier this year, suggesting low mortgage rates and a healthy job market aren’t encouraging …


U.S. home sales fall 1.7% with prices high and supply low

U.S. home sales tumbled 1.7% in June, with rising prices and a scarce supply locking out many Americans from ownership.


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

Spokane housing market among hottest in country

Realtor.com named Spokane the third-hottest housing market in the nation in April.


Plan to add 415 homes in southwest Spokane raises capacity concerns

A proposal to build 415 homes on undeveloped, forested land in southwest Spokane is making its way through City Hall – and raising concerns about increased traffic – as the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019

Too many buyers, lack of homes for sale push Spokane prices up

High demand and low inventory in Spokane County continued to push median home prices up in June.


Nine Mile Falls community concerned about proposed 475-home development of former Sun Dance Golf Course

“The neighbors are upset, whether they’re golfers or not,” said one neighbor of the old golf course. “To have that green space on your back fence is special.”


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019

Couple living in former homeless camp find a home – and hope

Twenty-somethings Alexes Wilson and Donaven Farris see potential in the vacant Spokane Valley mobile home they see as a pathway out of homelessness. Just a few months ago the city …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Spokane Valley City Council denies Catholic Charities request to build low-income housing

Spokane Valley City Council denied a proposal to change city code by St. John Vianney Church that would have allowed Catholic Charities to build affordable senior housing.


Google pledges $1B to tackle housing crunch it helped create

Google is making a $1 billion commitment to address the soaring price of housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, a problem that the internet company and its Silicon Valley …


South Hill landlord again raises rent as new state laws on tenancy set to take effect

A handful of renters at a 10th Avenue apartment building are experiencing the same housing headache that plagued a property overlooking Latah Creek last summer: Their rents are on the …


Tiny house notion: Legislators, advocates for affordable housing see benefits of growing market

Tiny houses have gained popularity in the past few years among people choosing to live in the small spaces for environmental reasons, to be part of a community, or to …


First-time homebuyers met with few housing options in seller’s market; Spokane officials offer potential fixes

First-time homebuyers in Spokane County face a market full of potential opponents in bidding wars and few houses available at an affordable price. What should, and have, local policymakers done …


Benefits of open house showing many

Local brokers say while more people are searching for homes online, having an open house remains beneficial for sellers.